Fight weekend: Ann Arbor police report multiple people hospitalized after weekend assaults
The students returned to Ann Arbor this weekend after a summer away and the city’s crime log lengthened accordingly.
Police reported a larger number of assaults than other recent weekends, many of them in areas where students either reside or frequent.
A woman reported being sexually assaulted on Washtenaw Avenue, five men assaulted a man trying to enter a house party, a man was punched repeatedly after ordering some late-night food and employees from Rick’s American Cafe were surprised by four men who assaulted them in an alley near the bar.
Ann Arbor police Lt. Renee Bush reported other assaults took place in the 800 block of Sybil, the 600 block of South State Street, the 1100 block of Willard and the 400 block of Thompson. At least four of the victims had to be hospitalized for their injuries.
Man punched after bumping truck
Bush said a 22-year-old Ann Arbor man was walking home at 2:30 a.m. Saturday in the 800 block of Sybil Street. The man walked by a truck that was parked on the curb in an awkward position and told police he accidentally bumped into it.
The truck’s tailgate fell into the down position and made a loud noise. The 22-year-old continued to walk but was confronted by a man believed to be the truck’s owner. The man yelled at the 22-year-old and when the victim turned around he was punched in the face.
The 22-year-old suffered a broken tooth and a cut lip. A 21-year-old Ann Arbor man who was with the 22-year-old also reported being assaulted. The man believed to be the truck’s owner pushed the 21-year-old into a trash container, causing him to fall. When the 21-year-old stood up, he was punched in the face as well.
The 22-year-old was treated at the University of Michigan Hospital for the broken tooth and cut to his lip.
The man is described as white, in his 20s, 5-feet-8 inches tall, 170 pounds with dark hair. The truck was a silver pick-up.
Men punch their way into fraternity party
Six men tried to fight their way into a fraternity party they weren’t invited to, sending two men to the hospital in the process, Bush said.
The assailants showed up to the home in the 600 block of South State Street and were told they weren’t on the guest list. One of the men decided that was unacceptable and punched a man in the face.
The other five assailants quickly joined in, punching the man while he was on the floor. A second man attempted to help out the man being punched, but was quickly attacked as well, being punched four times in the left side of his face.
The two victims attempted to defend themselves but were being punched by multiple people. The six assailants eventually fled the area after a woman called out that the police had been called.
Police went at 1:45 a.m. Saturday to U-M Hospital after being notified of the assault, Bush said. The first victim had several broken bones in his face, a hand injury and abrasions to his neck and legs. The second victim had an eye injury, cuts and facial bruises.
The first suspect is described as a black man, 18-25 years old with a shaved head and wearing a T-shirt. The second suspect is described as a black man, 18-25 years old, 6-feet-3 inches tall with shoulder-length dreadlocks. Detailed descriptions were not given for the other four.
Women arrested after attacking man who told them to leave alley
Two women were arrested after beating a man with a bottle, bucket, snow shovel and broom early Saturday morning.
Bush said four women were arguing in an alley at 3:02 a.m. Saturday in the 1100 block of Willard when a 45-year-old Whitmore Lake man told them they had to leave. The alley is a dead end and the women had no business being there, the man told police.
Bush said a woman with a dog confronted the man and started yelling obscenities at him. The man backed up but that 24-year-old Ypsilanti woman and a 26-year-old Ypsilanti woman continued to come after him.
Bush said the women then hit the man with the bottle, bucket, snow shovel and broom over the head. The man was knocked to the ground and suffered minor head injuries.
The women hit a car and dented a side door before fleeing in a maroon Ford Escape. Officers stopped the vehicle at Packard and Wells and arrested the 24-year-old woman and 26-year-old woman, Bush said.
Men punch and kick man after tackling him off porch
A man was at a house party in the 400 block of Thompson early Saturday night when two men tackled him off the porch of a home and assaulted him.
Bush said the man was on the porch of the home when the men came through the front door of the home and onto the porch. One of the men tackled him from the porch onto the sidewalk and the other man then jumped in, punching and kicking the victim.
The man had to be transported to U-M Hospital to be treated for head and neck injuries, as well as abrasions on his arms and legs. He said he didn’t know the men who attacked him.
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